SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, February 10, 2014
It was a mixed bag for Americans in Germany this weekend; Andrew Wooten scored in his debut, while Timothy Chandler suffered a serious knee injury.
FC Nürnberg 0 - 2 FC Bayern Munich
Timmy Chandler was carted off after just ten minutes with a serious meniscus injury that will see him out of action until early April.
Chandler landed awkwardly and suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee. Chandler was successfully operated on and is expected to be out for the next 8-10 weeks.
Munich took the lead in the 18th minute through Mario Mandzukic, who headed home a David Alaba cross.
Philipp Lahm doubled the runaway leaders' lead in the 47th minute taking and converting a feed from Mandzukic.
The loss was Nürnberg's first in the second half of the season. They are in 16th place with a meager 17 points.
Paderborn 1 - 2 FSV Frankfurt
Andrew Wooten came on late for his new club to promptly fire home the match-winner for FSV Frankfurt versus Paderborn in the 2.Liga.
After securing a loan for the chance at more playing time from fellow 2.Liga side Kaiserslautern to Frankfurt, Wooten first had to take a back seat to striker Edmund Kapllani.
The first 45 minutes were by and large devoid of any clear-cut scoring chances save a couple of half chances on both sides.
However, the second half upped the ante, and the tempo, from the get-go.
Frankfurt's Matthew Leckie danced his way past the Paderborn backline, making a driving run into the box, before laying off for Nikita Rukavytsya. The Australian profited from a friendly deflection off of Kapllani that redirected the ball into the back of the net in the 52nd minute.
Parity was restored a mere nine minutes later through Paderborn's Mirkan Aydin, who rose to meet Christian Tiffert's perfectly struck corner.
On came Wooten a minute later, before waiting two to hit the game winner.
Leckie, again, played provider, but the American still had a lot to do upon receiving the pass and Wooten was up to the challenge, collecting the ball and looking off the keeper, before firing home from 13 yards out.
With the win, Frankfurt is in 11th place with 24 points, but only a two above the dreaded drop zone.
Up next is a Saturday home date versus Dresden.
VfB Stuttgart II 0 - 1 Stuttgart Kickers
Royal Dominique Fennell started and went the distance for the Kickers, who knocked off city rivals Stuttgart II.
Fennell has helped get the Kickers out of the cellar as the Stuttgart outfit has won four of their last five.
The match's only goal was fired home by Italian Marco Calamita, who took a feed from countryman Vincenzo Marchese and fired home past Odissaes Vlachodimos in the 47th minute.
With the win, the Kickers are in a safe 10th place with 32 points. Up next is a home match versus Osnabrück.
Steve Cherundolo is still battling nagging injuries and missed out on Hannover's 2-0 loss to Schalke.
Fabian Johnson recovered quickly after breaking his hand two weeks ago, but did not make it off the bench as Hoffenheim drew with Freiburg.
John Anthony Brooks continues his rehab and missed out on Berlin's 3-0 thrashing of lowly Hamburg.